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Viet Nam, Philippines review oil spill co-operation

Update: March, 11/2015 - 09:47

HA NOI (VNS) – Bilateral co-operation between Viet Nam and the Philippines increased the ability of both nations to tackle oil spills, officials said yesterday.

They were speaking at a conference held by the Vietnam Administration of Seas and Islands (VASI) in Ha Noi to evaluate implementation of a bilateral agreement with the Philippines for coping with oceanic oil spills.

The conference also discussed future collaboration plans.

VASI Deputy General Director Vu Si Tuan said that the bilateral agreement on mitigating ocean oil spills, signed in October 2010, demonstrated awareness of the significance of partnerships in management and exploitation of maritime resources.

A plan to achieve the agreement's goals was also approved by the Vietnamese Prime Minister in October 2011, focusing on organising training and drills to clean oil spills as well as raising a sense of responsibility among the community to protect the environment.

"So far, Viet Nam has actively co-ordinated with the Philippines to conduct activities under the framework of the agreement, and this has enhanced the capacity of both countries in monitoring, detecting and responding to oil spills. The activities have also helped raise public awareness of environmental protection," said Tuan.

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment sent a delegation to the Philippines last October to discuss ways to implement the agreement, he noted, adding that Viet Nam conducted 14 projects in line with the stipulated framework. — VNS

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